Film reels (2 hours 26 minutes, color silent; 3900 feet)
Scope and Contents:
Footage shot of the island of Sava'ii, Western Samoa; Papua New Guinea (east Sepik, Mount Hagen, and Port Moresby areas); Bali; India; Jammu and Kashmir (northern India); Nepal (Kathmandu Valley); Sri Lanka; and Philippines (northern Luzon). Features of ethnographic interest include: Samoan women displaying mats used in marriage rites; a sing-sing (probably Minj) in the Mount Hagen area; scenes in Port Moresby; Abelam art in Apangai on the east Sepik; a Ramayana performance, cockfight, festival, and cremation (near Ubud) on Bali; various temples in India; nomadic Kugar people of Jammu and Kashmir; scenes in Srinagar; scenes in Kandy (Sri Lanka); the carved standing Buddha at Aukana; and Kalinga women dancing near Baguio, northern Luzon. Collection also includes annotations (recorded narratives).
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Received from Fred H. Werner in 1993.
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Fred H. Werner films of South Asia and Oceania, Human Studies Film Archives, Smithsonian Institution
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Warshaw Collection of Business Americana Subject Categories: Theater, Archives Center, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution
Funding for partial processing of the collection was supported by a grant from the Smithsonian Institution's Collections Care and Preservation Fund (CCPF).
Correspondence; lecture notes; photographs; clippings; and biographical material.
REEL 496: Correspondence, mostly 1949-1962, including letters from Anne Morrow Lindbergh, Frank Lloyd Wright, Thomas Mann, Erika Mann, Zoltan Sepeshy, Julia Feininger, T. Lux Feininger, E.P. Richardson, Mrs. Albert Einstein, Fred Werner, major German museums, and others; lecture notes from Scheyer's art history classes; poetry translated from Dutch to English; photographs; clippings; and biographical material.
REEL 3471: Letters from family and friends of Lyonel Feininger for a biography of him by Scheyer. Correspondents include Julia Feininger, T. Lux Feininger, H. Francis Kortheuer, Maria and Alfred Churchill, Dayrell Kortheuer, and others. Also included is a letter from Scheyer to the Smithsonian Institution discussing his collection of works by the "Blue Four," and asking to exhibit and lecture on the group at the Smithsonian.
Biographical / Historical:
Ernst Scheyer (1900-1995) was an art historian of Detroit, Mich. Scheyer wrote extensively on his friend and artist, Lyonel Feininger. He was a proponent of the art of the German Expressionist and abstract art group, the Blue Four (Blaue Vier), whose members were Wassily Kandinsky, Lyonel Feininger, Paul Klee, and Alexei Jawlensky.
Material on reel 496 was lent for microfilming in 1973 by Ernst Scheyer. The material on reel 3471, except a letter to the Smithsonian, was donated by Scheyer, in 1965. The letter to the Smithsonian on reel 3471 was transferred from the National Museum of American Art in 1981.
Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C., Research Center. Microfilmed materials must be consulted on microfilm.
Eight sketches by Feininger for "A Ship of 49" and "Dante's Inferno." Also filmed is a letter from Werner to Dr. Ernst Scheyer discussing the sketches. This letter and another from Werner to Scheyer are in the Ernst Scheyer papers.
Biographical / Historical:
Feininger: painter, printmaker, cartoonist; New York, N.Y. and Berlin, Germany. Was active in the movement known as German Expressionism. Born in the United States and moved to Germany. Was known as one of the masters of the Bauhaus.
Lyonel Feininger papers also located at: Busch-Reisinger Museum of Germanic Culture, Harvard Universtiy, Cambridge, Mass.
Lent for microfilming 1959 by Feininger's friend, Fred Werner, via art historian Ernst Scheyer, who used the material in his biography of Feininger.
The Archives of American art does not own the original papers. Use is limited to the microfilm copy.